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  1. Dear all I am really upset when i see no school or drone training center available in our countries at all, i meant Saudi Arabia and the countries around. now what is the way to be a Drone pilot licensed , it would be great if i am from the first will have this license in our country specially the commercial one . if any one experienced this before or header about it please just give me the direction to do the same . Thank you ....
  2. Though my questions and thoughts could fit in several discussion forums, particularly the Real Estate one, I decided I'd throw this out here since it also has a direct bearing on regulations, restricted airspace, etc.. An ongoing issue I have in the area I am based in (and I’m sure most licensed sUAV operators have everywhere) is trying to compete for work with unlicensed drone operators doing commercial work as well as even licensed operators not getting the proper authorization to fly in restricted air spaces. Charlotte is particularly difficult with uptown being less than 5 miles from our airport and squarely within Class B airspace. I routinely see commercial drone videos that are clearly in this airspace being used by developers on their websites and advertisements. I would be very surprised if these drone operators have applied for and received FAA authorization because I know how difficult it is to get such FAA Authorization. In February of this year, I applied for authorization to fly in our Class B Airspace for a particular commercial development assignment I knew would be coming up this summer. I was happy to receive the authorization after 90 days. I was also pleased that they even broadened the very specific area I had originally requested to include all of the Class B airspace, not just the 1/2 mile radius I originally asked for! This authorization will last until September. This opened up the option to market my ability to legally fly in this restricted area to other developers/ realtors. There are a lot of developments happening near uptown at present. As part of my effort to market my work, I plan to educate these developers that just because someone shows they can fly a drone and supply them with aerial work, they should realize their own liability if they do not follow the normal due diligence and hire both a licensed drone operator AND an operator with the proper FAA authorization if their development or property lies within restricted airspace! I am hoping, to gather any recent articles or blog posts that speaks to such liability, both financial and legal, and wondering if those on this forum can share some with me? I did find this article from last year that helps and speaks about unlicensed operators flying commercially. But it doesn’t specifically deal with operators flying illegally in restricted airspace, whether licensed or not, and the liability to their clients. I expect it could be even larger fines to both. I also decided to ask about this specific issue in my own email to UAVhelp this morning and hope they will also respond on this subject. I will share any response I get on the forum when I hear back. Any other articles you personally know of would be great to hear about. Thanks!
  3. Is This Legal? This thread is intended to develop and discuss key points on whats needed to provide data to surveyors and engineers. The Nuts and Bolts of the question "Land surveyor license needed?" I've been involved in the thread "Licensed Surveyor License Needed" and my personal intro thread that discussed integrating drones into my day to day duties as a Survey Tech. I use an Inspire 1 Pro with an X3 camera with an Ipad Pro and have employed it on over 60 projects from 1 acre plots to a 21 mile by 2000' corridor project over the past year with great success. On my intro thread, I stated that if anyone had any questions regarding drones and surveying, to drop me a line or call me and I'd share any and all info I've accumulated over the past several years of experience as a drone pilot in the survey industry. That still stands and I am eager to help where I can. It turns out that a lot of you are interested in generating survey/engineering deliverable/products and have questions about all aspects of the process. Lately, I've received questions from several guys asking the same questions and I want to take the time to clear the air and give some input on the most common and most important questions I've fielded over the past year. Its also worth noting that everyone thats contacted me regarding this topic was not a licensed surveyor or a licensed photogrammetrist. Just regular guys trying to figure this out. Also worth noting, I am not a lawyer and my thoughts and opinions stated hereon are intended to be for reference only and is not intended to be legal advice. I'm wading through the same struggles that you are, I'm just a few years ahead of most and have a lot of insider experience. I tell the guys that call me, "if you want to live on the bleeding edge of technology, your going to bleed". I am no exception to that saying and hope this thread can be your proverbial band-aid to some of your issues. In order to accomplish this task (producing products for surveyors and engineers) and maintain clients and grow your business, you must have a great understanding of state law, FAA Regulations and Authorizations, UAS Piloting, Weather Conditions, AutoCad, Photogrammetric Methods, and the most fun, Geodesy and Map Projections. Sure you can buy a Phantom, take some pictures, upload them to a cloud based processing firm, and deliver that, but I'm here to tell you that you're going to fall short and your data will be unreliable and not reproducible, which is a deal breaker for surveyors. Cloud based processing firms can serve as a useful tool for some products, but the products that pays the bills will come from in-house processing. Personally, I use a fire breathing processing machine and Pix4d to produce 100% of my deliverable. I'm just going to jump right in with the most important question you need to ask yourself. Q: Is it legal to produce data for surveyors and engineers? A: This is a loaded question that does not have one answer. It depends on which state you intend on working. You need to research your states statutes and determine if there is a Photogrammetry license in your state. I live in Idaho and there is no such license. But, there is a Photogrammetry license in Oregon. This means that in Oregon, if you're caught producing "photogrammetric data that is intended to be used for measurements" (orthos, ortho-planes, contours, volumes, etc.), you can get sued for providing a professional service without being licensed. If you get sued, your drone insurance is not going to cover it. You need professional liability insurance, which is not available unless you are licensed by the state. So, first look up your state laws on photogrammetry and if you find nothing, look up the laws for surveying. In Idaho, the word "photo" is only mentioned a few times in the state code for surveying. A couple times for photo ID and once for photogrammetry. The one mention of photogrammetry basically says that surveyors can employing a variety of methods to generate measurements, one of which being photogrammetry. That's it. This means that there are no state laws that prohibits or restricts what Billy Bob's Drone Services can provide, or to whom he can provide them to. Oregon on the other hand is very different. This varies greatly from state to state, so do your due diligence. In the more strict states, the key phrasing that you need to be looking for is "responsible charge". The best way of explaining this is to run a scenario. The field guys that work for a PLS are "under the responsible charge" of the PLS because they are employees of the PLS. If you're providing a service or product that measurements are intended to be generated from as an independent contractor, your business, by nature, is not directly overseen by the responsible charge of a PLS, unless you have one on staff. In which case, you'd be providing a stamped product. But 99% of you are not licensed nor have a PLS on staff. That's why we're talking about this. If you find yourself trying to conduct business in a state where photogrammetry is blanketed by the survey license or a photogrammetry license, you've found yourself between a legal rock and a hard place. I am in a unique positions as I work for a PLS and am eligible to become licensed, as of last April. But for the vast majority of you, you are not a PLS and have no intent on becoming such. You might be saying, "well if I'm generating survey grade data, I'm going to be working very closely with the surveyor and he's going to be deeply involved in what I'm doing". That doesn't cut it in terms of the law. Its my understanding that by virtue of the fact that you are conducting business as an independent contractor, you are not under the responsible charge of the clients PLS. The only way I can see this working is if you become a temporary employee of the PLS. In essence, the PLS would be hiring you as a specialist field crew member that has all the authorizations and FAA requirements dealt with and has his own equipment to collect data for a specific project. Once the product has been developed, the terms of your employment would end. So... First things first. Is it legal to do what you want to do in your state? This is the most important question you can ask yourself before you develop a business plan for your drone business. I look forward to continuing this thread with anyone thats interested in voicing their opinions and questions. Its my goal for this thread to cover specific questions as it pertains to this profession. As more questions arise, I intend on heading each question topic with a big, bold header like I've done on this on. (Is This Legal) As always, I'm available and willing to talk to any and all regarding drones and surveying. Feel free to drop me a line. And above all, Safe Flying! Best regards, Dan Inloes
  4. Anyone ran into problems for not having a land surveyor state license? Providing aerial surveying can sometimes replace boots-on-the-ground topographic surveying. I expect there will (already been) push back that UAV data are not as accurate as ground measurements. For example, would a client prefer state licensed ground crew over a newbie UAV surveyor? How do you justify UAV other than lower cost? Thanks, Kam
  5. I would appreciate suggestions for the best way to include Part 107 Certification on my resume when applying for remote pilot opportunities. like: 'FAA Part 107 Certified UAS Pilot' or 'FAA Licensed UAS Pilot' or ? Thanks!
  6. Anyone have a template for a licensing agreement?
  7. Hello, I am Rusty, from Austria and right now at the end of my South African commercial helicopter pilots license (from the theoretical part). Since a good half year, the UAV sector is giving me headaches according to a lot of job conflicts with the future, specially for chopper pilots, thats why I am very interested in doing the UAV license now too. I am already holder of the private pilot license for helicopters and as mentioned right before my hour building for my commercial license, the hardest part the theory is already done. But getting more and more involved in the topic UAV´s, rationally thinking, it makes more and more sense to put a pilot in a cockpit on ground instead of in the aircraft. For pilots its hard to accept this and a lot of excuses would be found, but honestly I have to say that this is the future. Of course to get this development into passenger flights would take longer, but cargo and all the other non pax flights could happen fast. With pax it´s only a mindset thing, where already my generation in the 30s say, they dont care if there is a pilot in front of the cockpit or not as long as there is someone, somewhere supervising and in charge of the flight. So I got a few questions where someone maybe here might help me, because out of the authorities I am not getting smarter. 1.) is there a benefit of having already an existing pilot license, when gaining an UAV license? If yes, is there more benefit from a license higher then private pilot license? 2.) would there be a special license for UAV´s >55lbs (or in a few countries >300lbs) and BVLOS or are these additional ratings on top of the existing UAV license? 3.) would there be a special license for UAV-kits which turns real aircrafts into remoteable controlled aircrafts, or would this be again another kind of rating? Appreciate your feedback! Thanks, Rusty
  8. I have on several occasions tried to search the database in an attempt to determine how many Remote Pilot Certificate holders exist I'm my particular area. I can find all single engine land and up but no remote pilots. So this morning I called FAA in Oklahoma City (actually got a live body quickly) to check on this. I was told that FAA just has not gotten to the point on including that data into the registry. No immediate plans to do so apparently.
  9. Hi, my name is Andre' Messina from New Orleans, La. I recently graduated from film school and am interested in flying my drone commercially as either an independent contractor or my own company. I am trying to figure out where to begin. Should I look at getting my sport pilot license? If so does anyone have a recommendations for schools? My other question would be I know it takes a long time to get the exemption, should I apply before obtaining a pilot license or wait until after I have the license? Thanks for any feedback. I really appreciate the help. Andre'
  10. @Alan Perlman perhaps you could help me out. I am looking to get qualified as a UAV pilot, setting my sights on some companies in Europe. They are looking for pilots with a BNUC-S qualification, which I have looked into. It involves theory and an examination as well as a practical examination. At the moment, I am a hobbiest and could definitely use more flight time and theory, but unsure whether I should just dive headfirst into this BNUC-S course or try something else out first, like your course for example. The startup I work for now is having issues and I have been laid off, so obviously want to throw my cash into courses/qualifications that will be beneficial to me. Any help would be appreciated.